A bit of background...... Back in 2004 I was thoroughly miserable. Fortunately, none of the events in Dunn actually happened to me. I didn't get embroiled in a psychotherapy cult. I just met someone who unintentionally made my life worse, and they knew someone who had. And so the spark of an idea emerged. I … Continue reading Dunn is released on amazon: But what are therapy cults, and why is she writing novels about them, anyway?
Just had my first swim in the Channel after 10 days swimming all day in the Adriatic, and it was .... Weedy; opaque; chilly, but great fun as always. It felt very odd swimming in a wetsuit after 10 days of swimming in a mix and match bikini! Why can't anyone sell boyleg bikinis with … Continue reading Sea caves, islands and 26 degree water. What more can an open water swimming enthusiast want? A bikini that you can actually swim properly in would be good and dolphins would have been a bonus.
Until now, I have written my books with a loose plot in mind, but no plan. It's worked okay! The soon-to-be renamed 'Seagull' plot came together mostly fine. It needs work, obviously because its a first draft, but the skeleton and some basic ligaments and tendons are there! Book two: The host and the Oak … Continue reading How do you stay in and write when the sun is out?
It's been a while since I updated this, because I've been busy. Had a manic Easter holiday with my son and various friends and Matador sent the typeset proofs through for me to check. So I've been reading through Dunn AGAIN, checking the formatting, commas etc. It's mostly okay, but there were a few rogue … Continue reading Proofs sent …. Better find something new to write for the next 4 months …
Goal two of my sabbatical year is officially complete. I have finished draft one of the soon-to-be-renamed Seagull and pressed the magic 'completed' button on wattpad. Now watch millions of people not flock to read it!!! But it's good to get it done. That was the point of putting the story on wattpad, really, and … Continue reading Draft one of The Seagull is done!!! But I’m starting to wonder if running races are too……darn hamstring!
Finally, the estimated release date for Dunn.....dun dun, dun. Pun totally intended. It's the 28th July....the day after my son and I get back from our desert island turtle experience. The blurb is now up on the Matador website here, along with an author profile and a couple of dubious photos of me on holiday. … Continue reading Release date for my debut novel ‘Dunn’; hamstrings seem to be on the mend; they cancelled the marathon I was going for in the autumn; and there’s a mouse loose about this house….
I had a bad day the other day and wrote a very ranty post, which I have since deleted. Whilst I still require the mixture of vodka, valium and St Lucia that I suggested then, I have decided to try to be more of the Zen, accepting, earth mother that I decided I wasn't on … Continue reading Think positive …. My hamstrings are tight, but not currently injured and Dunn is now in ‘production’ …
This will appear on my website (KayJayauthor.com), just as soon as I sort it out 🙂 Prologue When does a story start? When the action starts? When a life starts changing? Or when a life is formed? Surely a story isn’t complete without the whole picture. A background canvas on which a life is slowly … Continue reading Chapter one of Dunn
It's been a while since I wrote this, predominantly because I have been moving commas around in Dunn and sulking about my mild hamstring strain!!! So, it's all my hips and lower back. The poor beleaguered hamstrings aren't to blame .... They're innocent victims of me sitting writing in a bad chair all day, then … Continue reading Dunn is finally done … but so are my marathon plans
Well, it's been a while. I have been busy moving commas around, adding and removing hyphens, and failing to become confident with the use of semicolons. And I'm nearly there. It would feel good, but I've managed to strain my hamstring AGAIN. Okay, so I've had 4.5 months of no issues and I've done some … Continue reading So nearly there with Dunn…but have a grade 1 hamstring strain